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Go Out, Go Out

posted Jun 12, 2016, 1:58 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 1:58 PM ]
Go Out, Go Out
is featured on Curtis Stephan’s CD Amid Passing Things. In an interview in Today’s Liturgy, the composer reflects: “In the Pixar movie The Incredibles, Mrs. Incredible instructs her children of the dangers they face as they prepare for a dangerous rescue mission. ‘Be strong. Dash, use your powers. I want you to run as fast as you can.’ ‘As fast as I can?!’ he replies in utter surprise, amazement, and joy because—for the first time in his life—he’s free to be incredible.

In my college years, I was afraid I would be branded a ‘Jesus freak’. Sadly, this attitude even creeps into our church community where this joyful proclamation is sometimes met with disdain and encouraged to be kept private. Oh, to truly have that freedom, like Dash, and the courage in the power of the Holy Spirit to be incredible! Oh, to break free from the dark captivity of fear of the opinion of others and shine as a true light for the world to see!

In Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis challenges us, ‘Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel’
(20). Go Out, Go Out is used often as a recessional when we boldly send forth our assembly on a mission to witness the transforming joy of the Gospel. Holy Spirit, give us courage, make us strong, and set us free to be truly incredible!”